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Most Expensive Cities Quiz

Name the world's most expensive cities, according to Expatistan.
  • As of July, 2017. The "reference city" of Prague has a price index of 100
  • I've removed cities with a metro population less than 500,000
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jul 25, 2017
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Price Index
Continent
City
274
Europe
266
Europe
247
North America
239
North America
235
Europe
234
Europe
230
North America
228
Europe
224
Europe
222
Asia
222
Oceania
214
North America
Price Index
Continent
City
208
Europe
207
Oceania
206
Asia
204
North America
203
Europe
203
Oceania
201
Asia
200
Oceania
200
Europe
200
Oceania
195
North America
191
North America
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level ∞
Sep 6, 2014
Also see most expensive countries. A lot of this has to do with relative currency values.
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level 42
Oct 2, 2014
What is with Switzerland? 4 cities on this list. Why are they so expensive?
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level 72
Oct 2, 2014
Maybe trying to discourage poor immigrants from moving there.
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level 57
Oct 2, 2014
Rich people move there for banking/tax reasons.
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level 49
Oct 2, 2014
Because Switzerland is an island (figuratively)
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level 8
Dec 9, 2014
Australia has 5 ...
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level 41
May 4, 2015
Australia is much more isolated than Switzerland though
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level 21
Sep 6, 2017
Correction 4 (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth) Auckland is in New Zealand
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level 54
Oct 8, 2016
Very high taxes, but high quality and free public services. Education, healthcare, etc.
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level 68
Aug 8, 2017
The Swiss franc surged as a flight to quality from the euro ensued during the Greek debt crisis. The immediacy of the problem abated (Greece still heavily indebted but not facing a massive liquidity shortage) but the declines in the euro and dollar relative to the franc persist. The Swiss National Bank had to impose limits at one point to limit the surge in the franc; those may still be in place, I don't recall. A very strong currency does make the cost of imports fall, but it hurts exporters. There are not a great deal of industrial exports from Switzerland, but it does impact services there. Currency volatility in either direction is disruptive to the underlying economy, and following the financial crisis, there were tremendous interest rate cuts to boost growth. Lower rates push currencies lower, and competitive devaluations then followed. The Swiss economy never needed significant monetary stimulus, and the franc surged. And, yes, this is the short version of the story.
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level 66
Sep 6, 2017
And, as someone who lives on the Swiss-French border can attest, there is much to be said for a country that is relatively free of corruption, intelligently governed overall, and yes very beautiful. (France compares far less well, but that's a long subject.)
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level 47
Oct 2, 2014
When I took geography in school, I never heard of a continent called Oceania.
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level 56
Oct 2, 2014
then you should ask for a refund
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level 54
Sep 6, 2017
hahahahha
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level 65
Jan 6, 2018
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level 56
Oct 2, 2014
Same here. I was always taught that Australia is the continent and Oceania is the name give to the group of islands in that area. At least that is how most US children are taught.
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level 66
Oct 2, 2014
There is no continent of Oceania. It's an area encompassing Australia, New Zealand and nearby islands. When I was a kid we learned that area as the South Pacific.
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level 66
Oct 3, 2014
I was never taught Oceania either. But I've come to surmise, mostly from JetPunk, that the continent of Australia with the surrounding island nations is, at least colloquially, known as Oceania on a more global scale. In fact, when I had geography in 9th grade, we never learned about anything regarding the islands surrounding Australia. My teacher wasn't very good. :(
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level 73
Jan 12, 2016
First time I had heard about those countries was when I used to watch Survivor. My teacher was apparently no better.
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level 60
Sep 6, 2017
I wouldn't say "surrounding islands" as that implies Indonesia, Christmas Island, etc. But, the neighboring Pacifican Islands - and PNG - would be a better way to say it.
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level 73
Sep 6, 2017
The teachers were likely teaching what was in the textbook. We weren't taught Oceania either, but I've learned from this site that not all countries teach the same geography. For instance, those textbooks in Europe which say that "America" is one continent, when those of us who live here can easily look at a map and see there are two - North America and South America. Same with the oceans. We were taught there were four, now many places they are teaching there are five. They are still the same landmasses and if one is technical there is only one great mass of water. Who officially decides where to divide them and how to name them? We all assume the way we were taught is the correct way and everyone else is wrong.
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level 28
Apr 25, 2016
I live in Melbourne, so let me clear this up for you. It's real name is Australasia and Oceania. Most people are just too lazy to write all that out, so they shorten it to 'Australia', or 'Oceania'
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level 21
Apr 25, 2016
That would be incorrect, as Indonesia is a part of Australasia, but is an Asian country. The continent is just Oceania. The continent used to be called Australia, but because Australia was the name of a country, it was changed to Oceania to suit NZ and the islands in the South Pacific. The name was changed ~10 years ago, so most people wouldn't have learned it in school.
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level 56
May 16, 2016
Obviously, by virtue of living in Melbourne, you know everything about the entire continent.
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level 56
Jul 16, 2016
In the United States I believe they teach it as "Australia" while much of the rest of the world techies it as "Oceania".
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level 72
Sep 6, 2017
I think when I was a child the convention was Australia and the Oceania caught on sometime around the mid-2000s... ish?
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level 53
Sep 6, 2017
It is hard to define a continent. Is it a big land-mass? How big? Does culture play a role? So is Europe apart from Asia? Is Greenland a continent? The point is, Oceania is clear as a hint, you should just work with it ;) If it said Australia instead, what should it say for Auckland? Btw, as far as I'm concerned, there are only two continents: Afro-Eurasia and America. You either live on a continent, or on an island. The latter includes people living the UK, Indonesia and Japan.
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level 32
Oct 2, 2014
When creating a quiz, are there any instructions? I can't find any FAQ's or how to create tags, add photos etc. Thanks
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level 75
Oct 2, 2014
User created quizzes can't use photos, only Quizmaster. Pretty simple to do actually, if you just go in and start creating.
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level 58
Oct 23, 2014
Very good quiz !
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level 32
Jun 28, 2016
switzerland conquered this quiz
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level 56
Jul 16, 2016
Is Honolulu actually in North America? I always though it was in Oceania.
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level 73
Dec 1, 2016
I had to look that up, too. Apparently it is not part of North America geographically, but is considered part of it politically. Some include it as part of Oceania geographically, while others says it isn't part of any continent. Sneaky one, QM.
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level 60
Sep 6, 2017
I'm the same - as soon as I timed out and it came up in red, I called shenanigans on that. Hawai'i is a Polynesian island chain in the Pacific: to me, that counts as Oceania. Shenanigans!
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level 46
Sep 24, 2016
no hamilton, bermuda? or is that not considered a "city" (tbh it probably isn't)
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level 47
Jan 20, 2017
Isn't Hawaii a part of oceania, the island being a part of polynesia? According to Wikipedia it is, at least so I think the hint is wrong. Also, as a canadian I was taught that oceania is the continent and australia is just an island.
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level 26
May 28, 2017
well Hawaii is so...
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level 47
Sep 6, 2017
Isnt Honolulu in Oceania?
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level 79
Sep 6, 2017
Let me bing that for you. http://tinyurl.com/ya48vjlz
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level 38
Sep 6, 2017
Honolulu is in hawaii and hawaii is in Oceania
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level 79
Sep 6, 2017
So you're just going with the theory that if it's in the ocean, it's part of Oceania?
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level 72
Sep 6, 2017
Bern does not have a metro population of 500,000 or more.
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level 79
Sep 6, 2017
The wikipedia article states the following: The metropolitan area had a population of 660,000 in 2000.
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level 47
Sep 6, 2017
since when is Singapore a "city?" is it not a nation? also, it would be nice to have some sort of context. most expensive cities in what way? to live in? travel to and from? wages? inflation?
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level 79
Sep 6, 2017
It's a city-state. If Vatican City had a population of more than 500,000, it would surely make this list as well. Just try booking a hotel room there - prices are INSANE.
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level 57
Sep 6, 2017
Well, I learned something about Switzerland today...Also, I hate Honolulu now for being the only one I missed
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level 58
Jan 6, 2018
Still surprised someone can find a source where Bern's metro has a population over 500.000.... As the instructions state those smaller metros would have been removed. At least for Basel and Geneva (some) sources do havve metro areas over 500.000 (although barely)
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level 70
Mar 16, 2018
The Economist's list that I was looking at yesterday is quite different. Singapore comes in at number one, followed by Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong.
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level 35
Apr 6, 2018
No Vancouver?
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